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Elizabeth Gilmore 1947-2011
"We must remove barriers to midwifery education in order to improve outcomes for mothers and babies."

Founders
The National College of Midwifery was founded in 1989 by Elizabeth Gilmore, the New Mexico Midwives Association and the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center under the name The New Mexico College of Midwifery.  

Accreditation and Licensure
NCM is accredited by MEAC, The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, a small, private accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
NCM is licensed as a Postsecondary Institution by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

Mission
The Mission of the National College of Midwifery is to provide aspiring direct-entry midwives with access to superlative clinical and didactic education culminating in an accredited degree emphasizing maternal and infant risk-reduction.  The degree programs of the National College of Midwifery are implemented in diverse learning environments chosen by the student and the preceptor, from individual and group apprenticeships, to classroom settings, allowing for multiple approaches to learning while requiring a high degree of initiative and discipline from the student.

Objectives

  1. To improve care for mothers and babies through midwifery education.
  2. To provide a degree-granting, educational route for the training of midwives in their community setting in order to contain costs.
  3. To provide accessible midwifery training to student midwives in any location and at any level of training under the guidance of an approved preceptor(s)
  4. To promote community involvement and keep the student’s family structure intact
  5. To provide a core curriculum for each of the degrees offered
  6. To provide an Associate of Science in Midwifery, a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, a Master of Science in Midwifery, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Midwifery
  7. To stimulate, encourage and reward research by midwifery practitioners
  8. To provide courses and guidance to professional and state entities to fill expressed needs for specific courses or subject areas
  9. To allow the student to choose her/his own preceptor(s) according to a mutually acceptable agreement based on College guidelines
  10. To provide a faculty board made up of volunteers in the field of midwifery education and related disciplines for reviewing proposed research projects
  11. To address the following concerns about midwifery apprenticeship nationally:
    1. Consistency from preceptorship to preceptorship in academic content
    2. Guidance for the preceptor and student through materials to be covered
    3. Credibility for the academic program

Definition of Midwifery Apprenticeship
Midwifery Apprenticeship refers to learning midwifery from a fully licensed midwife (or other obstetrical practitioner approved in her/his jurisdiction) who guides the student through academic and clinical participation in the preceptor's practice setting at a mutually agreed upon pace.  The preceptor supervises the student’s development of academic and clinical skills considered, by the national standards of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), to be the scope of midwifery care.  The student is primarily responsible for meeting the academic requirements, while the preceptor evaluates academic progress, offering or insuring that the student obtains any special classes in areas of specific importance or difficulty as agreed upon by student and preceptor.

Definition of Direct-Entry Midwifery
A direct-entry midwife is distinct from the discipline of nursing.  A direct-entry midwife is a skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner educated in the discipline of midwifery, trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings.